Join us on Thursday, Jan. 21 at Town Hall Seattle and pitch us your best, most thought-provoking idea for a five-minute talk related to education.

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The topic of education connects every single one of us. Whether you’re a parent trying to get the best education for your child, a taxpayer who wants to know how your money is spent, or a student trying to learn what you need to succeed in the world, what happens in our public schools affects your life.

At Education Lab, we believe one key to understanding all the intricacies and nuances of education is sharing our experiences with one another.

So — we want to hear your stories.

That’s why we’re holding an event we’re calling Ignite Education Lab. We’re asking you to pitch us your best, most thought-provoking idea for a five-minute talk about your experiences with education.

Not familiar with the Ignite format? Since 2006, Ignite Seattle has held nearly 30 events that bring together Seattleites for fast-paced, five-minute talks on topics ranging from “Fighting Dirty in Scrabble” to “How Science is Destroying my Childhood” to “Surviving as an Introvert in an Extroverted World.” Ignite presenters use 20 slides with each slide timed to appear for 15 seconds. 

At Education Lab, we are working with Ignite to take its successful concept and apply it to education. So we’re inviting you — teachers, principals, parents, students and really anyone passionate about education– to submit your ideas to us. We’ll choose a handful of the most compelling ideas and work with those presenters to make their five minutes on stage shine.

Here are the details:

Ignite Education Lab
When: Thursday, Jan 21, 2016; Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and event begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Seattle
Cost: There are a limited number of individual and group tickets available for free.
How: Click here to RSVP

Guidelines for pitching a talk

  • Pitches are due by 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4
  • Talks are strictly 5 minutes long with 20 slides and 15 seconds per slide. The slides will auto advance.
  • We want you to share your passion about education, but be concise. You shouldn’t write your entire talk in the pitch you submit to us.
  • You can pitch anything related to education. It could be a personal story that others can learn from, an idea you’re excited to share, an approach you think is working well.  And whatever it is, write a great title for it. This helps us clearly understand what you’re trying to achieve with your talk. Look for some examples below.
  • You don’t have to be good at public speaking to do an Ignite talk. We will help coach you and create an environment that will make sure you speak well. 
  • We expect to receive a high number of submissions, so make sure yours really stands out!  Only one pitch per person.
  • The Ignite format  is a challenging but great professional and personal opportunity. If you’re going to submit, do it right.
  • Remember, don’t pitch your business.  

Looking for some inspiration? Check out these videos from Ignite Talks to get a sense of what we’re looking for.

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Submit your pitch now!

Fill out the form below or visit this link to make your pitch.